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Art of the Day: Sunday November 27, 2016

Almost Winter (sold)

- by Shelly Bedsaul

This week's theme: Harvest and Giving Thanks

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, winter is coming, but it's still autumn. If you live in the United States, the Thanksgiving holiday is this week. While not everyone reading this will be celebrating Thanksgiving this Thursday, the end of the time of harvest and giving thanks for what we have and those we love is something that everyone understands.


Art: Almost Winter (sold) by Artist Shelly Bedsaul
Most of the fall color is gone. The harvests are in and it's time to start planning for Thanksgiving over a hot mug of coffee. My technique, though time consuming, is simple. I start with a preliminary sketch in graphite. When my design is satisfactory, I ink the sketch, using a black, 05, pigma micron pen. I use Prismacolor pencils. Each area is a layering of about 5 different colors, going from dark to light, until the paper is totally burnished. Once the coloring is complete, I re-ink to make the line work a true black. It is then sprayed with workable fixatif to seal, protect and prevent wax bloom.

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